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Graduate Degree Programs

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

We know you’re passionate about the environment and finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. At the SES, we are looking for students to become environmental leaders with the courage to define and confront the century’s greatest challenges.

  • Expand your professional impact and strengthen your interdisciplinary expertise through our Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability program. Learn the skills needed to join the growing number of researchers and environmental science and sustainability specialists, while earning a degree that can advance your professional standing.
  • Examine research questions in pressing environmental issues such as environmental conservation, environmental economics, invasive species, climate change, and sustainability.
  • Analyze the intersection of environmental science, social justice, business practices, economic structures, and legal systems.
  • Explore the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Ecosystem Assessment Report that address global and interdisciplinary aspects of environmental sustainability in science and society.
  • Design your own personal curriculum to gain practical knowledge and skills in this rapidly expanding career field.
  • Learn from experts and researchers working together in a truly interdisciplinary team.

Curriculum

$73,230

AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS AND SPECIALISTS WITH A MASTER’S DEGREE.

8%

NATIONAL PROJECTED GROWTH RATE IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND SPECIALTIES EMPLOYMENT SECTOR FROM 2016 TO 2026.

2X

IN ILLINOIS, JOBS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND SPECIALTIES ARE OPENING AT TWICE THE RATE OF ALL OTHER JOB SECTORS. - ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT

Program Outcomes

The SES graduate programs prepare students for careers in the sustainability field and to live integrated, environmentally sustainable lives with careers in positions such as:

  • Research Associate
  • Grants Manager
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Manager
  • Energy and Sustainability Researcher
  • ESG Coordinator/Analyst
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Environmental Educator

SES graduates work in nonprofits, businesses, cultural and educational institutions, and government agencies such as:

  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • EPA
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • WWF
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • The Field Museum
  • (an increasing number of for-profit companies)

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

We know you’re passionate about the environment and finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. At the SES, we are looking for students to become environmental leaders with the courage to define and confront the century’s greatest challenges.

  • Expand your professional impact and strengthen your interdisciplinary expertise through our Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability program. Learn the skills needed to join the growing number of researchers and environmental science and sustainability specialists, while earning a degree that can advance your professional standing.
  • Examine research questions in pressing environmental issues such as environmental conservation, environmental economics, invasive species, climate change, and sustainability.
  • Analyze the intersection of environmental science, social justice, business practices, economic structures, and legal systems.
  • Explore the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Ecosystem Assessment Report that address global and interdisciplinary aspects of environmental sustainability in science and society.
  • Design your own personal curriculum to gain practical knowledge and skills in this rapidly expanding career field.
  • Learn from experts and researchers working together in a truly interdisciplinary team.

Program Outcomes

The SES graduate programs prepare students for careers in the sustainability field and to live integrated, environmentally sustainable lives with careers in positions such as:

  • Research Associate
  • Grants Manager
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Manager
  • Energy and Sustainability Researcher
  • ESG Coordinator/Analyst
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Environmental Educator

SES graduates work in nonprofits, businesses, cultural and educational institutions, and government agencies such as:

  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • EPA
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • WWF
  • Citizens Climate Lobby
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • The Field Museum
  • (an increasing number of for-profit companies)